Sunday, May 26, 2019

+ 6th Sunday of Easter C +

Acquire inner peace and a multitude will find their salvation near you.

Catherine de Hueck Doherty[1]

 

Keepinghis words, knowing him, and loving as he loves, we will share the inner life of God and know peace the world cannot give.

In their love for one another, Father, Son, and Spirit are unanimous. Theirs is a willingcooperation; their obedience is the joy equalsfind in serving one another.

We participate in that joyful obedience by a desireand a determinationto co-operate with God’s hopes for us and for our world. Thy will be done, on earthas it is in heaven.

Jesus commandsus—as individuals and as a community—to incorporateour love for him with love for one another. What you did to the leastyou did to me.

Father, Son, and Spirit are abidingin each believer. The Spirit, the Advocate, can teach the community, can remind us of the gospel, through any oneof us.

Every member of this community—locally and throughout the world—has the rightto be consultedand heard.

A Church that refuses to listen to and weigh carefully the experiences of its members can’t keep asking why so many are walking out the door never to return.

I am so grateful to those of you who trust me enough to give me constructive criticism. It is a service to me andour community.

The Holy Spirit will teach us when we keepthe words of Jesus by making them the paradigm, the operative principle of our lives—wrestlingwith them, doingthem and reflectingon what happens.

In every situation there is an imperative implicitand waiting to be discovered: What is right and just in this situation before me. What have I done for Christ? What will I do?

The peace that fills the inner life of God, that the world cannot give, fills me when I have welcomed the sovereignty of God into my life.

That peace filled the life of Jesus. It gave him a context, a perspectivefrom which to interpret all that happened. It led him to freely choose the way of the Cross.

We fail as Christians by losing perspective, becoming so distracted, so overstimulated by media, that we stop looking for God in our daily lives and as the end—as in goaland purpose—of our lives.

A person at peace attracts others because she or he can love fiercely and loyally, but with detachment, seeking as best can be known the good of the other.

A person at peace can take risks for the love of Christ and neighbor,    not turning back when taken for granted, mishandled, or betrayed—even at the hands of the Church.

A person at peace trusts that God can make use of alltheir human experience, especiallytheir sins and weakness.

May we keep and treasurethe words of Jesus spoken thenon the way to death and spoken nowin our midst: “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”  May others find their salvation near us.

[1] The Beacon Book of Quotations by Women. ed. Rosalie Maggio. Boston: Beacon Press, 1992. p. 242.

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